CH#052 - American Can Company



American Can Company
New Orleans, LA






The Challenge:

The American Can Company, a 335,000 square foot collection of six warehouses, constructed 1906-1929 in the heart of the historic Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans, had been abandoned for over 14 years. There were extensive surface areas of chipping, peeling, and flaking Lead-Based Paint. The clean up of the site was overseen by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.  


Benefits Desired:

  • Class A Fire Rating
  • Little or no generation of hazardous waste
  • Breathable - allowing for moisture vapor transmission
  • Cost effective and long-lasting
  • No VOCs


After 15 minutes, the area is back rolled with primer to push back and reattach loose paint.    Wood ceilings are spray applied with PrepLessPrimer to soften the flaking paint.

A GLOBAL Encasement System design consisting of PrepLESS Primer and LeadLock TopCoat was used to lock down the Lead-Based Paint, resulting in a long-lasting and durable protective finish . This solution helped preserve the architectural details that could have been lost or destroyed with conventional lead removal methods, and minimized the amount of hazardous waste generated. The historic property transformation into soho style apartments and 1-3 bedroom apartment homes was completed in September of 2001.


HRI Properties is a full service real estate development company and a national leader in the adaptive reuse of historic structures.